Hello Party Mamas,
So, as you may have been able to guess I’m not necessarily the “camping type.” Dirt, bugs, bears and the absence of a bathroom is something I’d prefer to pass on. But of course I have three boys (my two sons and husband) who love and would love nothing more than to see Mommy roughing it out in the wilderness. Well, I’ve decided it’s finally settled, I will agree to go camping this summer, but only…
and I mean only if it looks a little something like this! 😂
Now that that’s settled, lets get into the details of this post because I also have some super exciting news to share with you all! Just last week I was selected to become a Brand Ambassador for one of my favorite party companies, Oriental Trading! I use this company already on a monthly basis to purchase supplies for my event planning business, so when they let me know I was chosen to work with them I was soooooo excited!
Thus, this is my first post as a Brand Ambassador! Yay! They told me to choose products from their site that I love and to me that meant products that I would buy myself anyway.
For the last year, I’ve been meaning to add the “Glam Camp” theme to my girl’s party business and now seemed like the perfect time to check it off my to-do list! Which means that many of the products that you’ll see here I actually already had in my garage!
So, these Faux Birch Branch Place Card Holders caught my eye immediately! Like how cute is it to keep the camp theme going all the way down to the way you display each guest’s name?! Well, I was pleasantly surprised when I received these in the mail, as they were super heavy! (Not like too heavy to carry heavy, but like yes I got my money’s worth heavy!) They suited my Glam Camp tablescape perfectly, but would equally double for a rustic or woodland wedding, adding that extra bit of character!
Nestled in the center of the main table was a large round wood slice to set the mood; adorned with a carefully crafted pile of Natural Wood Branch Sticks and a hand-drawn cardstock fire cutout for a little whimsical touch.
On top of the blue cardstock placemats I placed a gold glittered coaster, an Unfinished Wood Coaster, and for a little pop of color some plastic yellow utensils I picked up at Walmart for just $1!
Tucked under the drinkware, is a Camp Glam Beverage Napkin and to the left you’ll see the Camp Glam Paper Dinner Plates sat quite nicely on beds of faux grass tiles that I snagged from the 99 Cent Store early this year!
You all know I’m a such sucker for pretty themed drinkware and these Camp Glam Plastic Canteens I just couldn’t live without! I knew they’d make great take-home party favors for any guest when paired with these sweet little candy-filled pink lanterns.
On either side of the wood round I placed these pine tree wood cut-outs (Not actually sure if they’re pine trees, but it just sounds right. Right?) to add some much needed height to the table! I also made a DIY Paper Lantern garland that was weighted down and supposed to sit on top of the mini white cupcake stands with the wood slices. However, and of course it was unreasonably windy the day of the shoot and the wind knocked the garland set-up off the table with every gust like it was as light as a feather! So, after much frustration we just decided to omit that little detail and after seeing the end result I don’t even miss it. As for the rest of the table I scattered pinecones, acorns, wood sticks, and foliage to bring back that natural element.
I also asked to borrow my beautiful niece Grace for the day! She didn’t complain much during the shoot, I think it was because she was too busy eating mountains of marshmallows. I’d give her a stick with a marshmallow and tell her to “pretend” to eat it….by the end of the day it got me thinking hmm…maybe she doesn’t fully comprehend the meaning of that word yet. 🤔
The next couple of little details I absolutely fell in love with! I wanted the space to feel like a “real” campsite, so I spray painted an old grill grid we had lying around fuchsia pink and an unwanted pot gold to create a camp fire cooking station. Instead of “real” food I filled the bowl with the Camp Glam Sweet Creams Hard Candy and it became almost like a little mini candy bar. I was originally going to place it over the fire, but once I spray painted the surrounding rocks gold and pink, the fire just took on a life of its own. So, I propped up the Campfire Cardboard Stand-Up beside the grill and added a little pink shred to resemble tender. I opted for a teepee instead of a tent, because teepees just look waaay cuter!
In my opinion every party needs a snack bar or a drink station! It doesn’t have to be extravagant, just something cute and practical to set the tone for the event. I saw these wood trundles in my mother-in-law’s backyard, beaten down and worn in, and knew they would be the perfect addition to the snack table! The backdrop for the set-up was the Glitter Camp Glam Moon & Stars Garland and at the base I stacked sticks of different sizes, some were painted for a little glam! I also tucked this Camp Glam Sign Cutout of a teepee in between them to reemphasize the actual one that stood beside it.
What I Got:
- Camp Glam Paper Dinner Plates
- Camp Glam Treat Stand with Cones
- Camp Glam Sweet Creams Hard Candy
- Wood Large Round Centerpiece
- Chipwood Baskets
- Faux Birch Branch Place Card Holders
- DIY Paper Lanterns
- Natural Wood Branch Sticks
- Big Bug Stencils
- Glitter Camp Glam Moon & Stars Garland
What I Bought:
- Camp Glam Plastic Canteens
- Camp Glam Tent Cardboard Stand-Up
- Camp Glam Beverage Napkins
- Camp Glam Sign Cutouts
- Pink Lantern Candy Favor Containers
- Camp Glam Favor Boxes
- DIY Unfinished Wood Coasters
- Campfire Cardboard Stand-Up
I kept the snack station simple, but colorful! I also tried to fill it with “camp party foods,” if there is such a thing. I figured popcorn and marshmallows made the most sense and this Camp Glam Treat Stand with Cones displayed them perfectly! If marshmallows in cones isn’t enough yummy goodness, I also stacked star shaped ones on skewers. (Why? Well because you can never have enough marshmallows at a campfire. Duh!) The cupcakes were a no brainier, like party=cupcakes, I’m pretty sure that equation is written in stone somewhere.
Well it’s all fun and games until someone gets a cavity, so to balance out this smorgasbord of sweets, I created these delicious and nutritious lunch packs using Chipwood Baskets! Peanut butter and jelly, carrots, and blueberries made a balanced lunch for Miss Gracie and sparkling pink lemonade washed it all down.
Any left over snacks I told Grace could be packed into these DIY nature print snack packs that I made, using a little acrylic paint and these awesome Big Bug Stencils!
The rest of the day was spent playing in the tent, giggling, and reading magazines. If it were a real “glam camp” party there would have been more entertainment planned. If your daughter is a diva I suggest cute hairstyles, nail painting, and light age appropriate make-up to bring the “glam” to the girls. If your not a fan of this type of thing I’d go straight to the games! A scavenger hunt is fun for girls of all ages and gets the the group interacting. Here are some great Glam Camp Scavenger Printables you can download instantly!
Flashlight tag is also a great one if your hosting your shindig at night. Prefer to keep the girls seated? Camping bingo will do the trick! Here’s the cutest one I could find on Etsy!
Thinking something more arts and crafty? Invite young girls to paint a bag of story stones, a bird house, or create an Indian headdress. Have older girls try their hand at weaving dream catchers or building and decorating their own terrariums!
Despite the wind that continued to knock over my empty canteens and gold-glittered photo shoot backdrop, Grace and I enjoyed a festive day of working, posing, laughing and snacking!
In the end, we were both a little sad to pack everything up. We got lots of ooos and awws throughout the day, even gained a couple potential clients; who just couldn’t pass without asking what is all this prettiness here for? The easy answer, a photo shoot.
The better answer, it’s here to remind us that being a little girl should be celebrated. That their imaginations should be cultivated and that their birthdays…
should be that of something they’d dream up in a teepee, under a half moon and a sky full of stars!
Until next time,
xo The Makeover Mom xo
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